My Busy Book for Travel

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This months busy bag theme is all about keeping the kids busy while traveling!

A few weeks ago we made a rather long trip and I had to keep the kids busy so I made this little busy book for them. My main concern when bringing things that require pens / pencils / crayons with is that these always land up on the floor and in the car seats and just anywhere they are not suppose to be!

This was my solution!

kids busy book for travel

Yip! I tied those crayons down with some string and washi / decor tape. No lost crayons.. woohooo!setup of busy book

To make this busy book you need the following

  • The printable pages bound together at your local print shop. (download the free templates here)
  • hot glue gun
  • washi or decor tape
  • string
  • half crayons
  • some felt
  • scissors
  • a bit of velcro

half crayons

First make sure the amount of crayons you are looking to use actually fits on the back of your book. Then cut some felt for a lid of the pouch (you can always trim the extra!) Measure felt on the packet of crayons and double it leaving extra space on the sides for the hot glue. Hot glue a line on the back of the book for the lid and add the pouch.felt pouch

They now fit nicely. Do not trim your flap or add velcro yet.hot glue pouch

Next cut 6 bits of string in a manageable length for the crayons when the sting is folded in half. (I have 12 crayons) Loop the string through the first 2 spiral rings.cut cords for busy book

Double knot your string to the spiral bound book.tie cords to spiral busy bag

Next cut some strips of washi / decor tape and tape the string to your pencils.tape pencils

Add your pencils to their pouch.pencil pouch

At this point I am able to see how the flap will fit. push the string to the side close your flap and trim excess. Now hot glue some velcro to keep the pouch closed.busy book for toddlers

The kids loved how they had an entire rainbow of colors to draw and color with!
drawin busy book

I am sure your kids will enjoy this as much as mine did! P.s The printable is not just for traveling! Kids will enjoy the busy book at any location or outing or stay in.

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  1. Hello, Nicolette! I really appreciate your great ideas and would love to print this and make one for our upcoming trip halfway across the world. When I click on the link to download the pages a new tab opens, but it is just blank. The pdf does not open. I just successfully opened/downloaded several other pdfs from your site a few minutes ago, so I don’t think it’s me or my computer. Could you check the link, please? Thanks! (Also, I had the same problem with the velcro craft stick inspiration cards. But as I said several other downloadable printables worked just fine.)

    • The printables are loading for me. It might take a bit longer on those because they are bigger files due to more pages. Have you tried to save them to your computer?

      Right click the link and “save as” to your computer.

  2. I am going a on a trip soon and just downloaded this book. Unfortunately, I could not find time to bind it, but it was lovely!! Sharing it with my viewers 🙂

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